While Acura’s brand mission seems to vary with the season, its crossovers continue to succeed, thanks to handsome design and high-tech features. Now, the smaller of Acura’s crossover lineup is once again completely new: the updated 2016 Acura RDX was unveiled today at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
Sporting a refreshed design featuring Acura’s Jewel Eye LED projector headlamps and LED taillights among its distinctive features, the new RDX also promises an improved engine, new safety and driver assistance technologies, and greater luxury features.
That new engine is a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management, much like that found in the new 2016 Honda Pilot. Output is rated at 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque, increases of 6 hp and 1 lb-ft over the previous RDX engine. The available AWD with Intelligent Control all-wheel-drive system is now also tuned for more rear-wheel torque bias.
Despite the increased power, the new RDX engine also manages improvements to its gas mileage ratings, up 1 mpg to 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway for all-wheel-drive models; and up to 20/29 mpg city/highway for front-drive models.
The interior of the 2016 Acura RDX has also been updated, with high-contrast silver and black trim, standard heated front seats, and standard second-row air conditioning vents.
Opt for the Technology Package to add an 8-way power passenger seat, dual-screen infotainment, HD Radio, blind spot information system, and rear cross-traffic alerts. Choose the Advance package, and you’ll get rain-sensing wipers, keyless remote start, front and rear parking sensors, fog lights, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, and the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technology, including: lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, multi-view rear camera, and an expanded-view driver’s side mirror.